The EU Commission authorises, subject to remedies, the participation of a UK Broadcaster in the pay-TV operator in Germany (BSkyB / KirchPayTV)

"The Commission's assessment of the participation of BSkyB in the pay-tv operator in germany"*Pay-TV KirchPayTV has a virtual monopoly on the German pay-TV market, although with a loss making business. BSkyB adds a very successful pay-TV company, with experience of digital interactive TV services and deep pockets. The question was therefore whether this strengthened the position of Kirch, by providing it with a badly needed influx of financial resources and know-how. The question of whether BSkyB was being eliminated as a potential competitor in Germany also needed to be examined. On the first point, it appeared to the Commission that the loss making Kirch pay-TV needed access to development funds, which it had failed to raise on the open market. Without these, given the significant

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Andrew Hobbs, The EU Commission authorises, subject to remedies, the participation of a UK Broadcaster in the pay-TV operator in Germany (BSkyB / KirchPayTV), 21 March 2000, e-Competitions March 2000, Art. N° 39161

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